This paper analyzes and compares domestic violence policy and outcomes in municipalities in Western New York, specifically in two that have adopted resolutions recognizing freedom from domestic violence as a human right (Erie and Tompkins counties). These resolutions are based on the tragic story of Jessica Gonzales’ children who were killed by her husband and the lack of due diligence by police on behalf of the Gonzales children. Through primary research with people who work in the domestic violence field in both counties, the impact of these similar resolutions is compared and contrasted. The pair of resolutions were found to be largely representative of a commitment to domestic violence issues in both counties, rather than instrumental in bringing about tangible programming.


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